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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Matthew 9:1-8

The first words of this chapter oblige us to look back to the close of that which precedes it, where we find the Gadarenes so resenting the loss of their swine, that they were disgusted with Christ's company, and besought him to depart out of their coasts. Now here it follows, He entered into a ship, and passed over. They bid him begone, and he took them at their word, and we never read that he came into their coasts again. Now here observe, 1. His justice?that he left them. Note, Christ will... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Matthew 9:1-34

We have repeatedly seen that in Matthew's gospel there is nothing haphazard. It is carefully planned and carefully designed. In Matthew 9:1-38 we see another example of this careful planning, for here we see the first shadows of the gathering storm. We see the opposition beginning to grow; we hear the first hint of the charges which are going to be levelled against Jesus, and which are finally going to bring about his death. In this chapter four charges are made against Jesus. (i) He is... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Matthew 9:1

And he entered into a ship ,.... Or "the ship", the selfsame ship he came over in, with his disciples. The Gergesenes, or Gadarenes, or both, having desired him to depart their coasts, showing an unwillingness to receive him, and an uneasiness at his company, he immediately turned his back upon them, as an ungrateful people, being no better than their swine; and who, by their conduct, judged themselves unworthy of his presence, ministry, and miracles: he returned to the sea side, took... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Matthew 9:1

He came into his own city - Viz. Capernaum, where he seems to have had his common residence at the house of Peter. See Matthew 4:13 , and Matthew 8:14 . This verse properly belongs to the preceding chapter. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Matthew 9:1

Verse 1 Matthew 9:1.And came into his own city. This passage shows, that Capernaum was generally believed to be the birth-place of Christ, because his visits to it were frequent: for there is no room to doubt, that it is the same history which is related by the three Evangelists, though some circumstances may be more exactly related by one of them than by another. Luke says that scribes had come from various parts of Judea, who were spectators when Christ healed the paralytic; and at the same... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 9:1

And he entered into a ship ; boat (Revised Version). So completely did he grant the request of the Gadarenes. Observe that this expression is not an original phrase of the writer of the First Gospel, but is a reminiscence of the source that he has just used. And passed over ; crossed over (Revised Version); διεπέρασεν , also in the source. And came into his own city ; i.e. Capernaum, where Mark says that the following miracle took place. The thought is that of John 1:11 .... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 9:1-8

The paralytic forgiven and healed. Parallel passages: Mark 2:1-12 ; Luke 5:17-26 . (For connexion of thought, cf. Matthew 8:18 , note.) In the parallel passages this narrative follows our Matthew 8:1-4 . Matthew's account is shorter, as usual. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 9:1-8

The cure of the paralytic. I. THE SICK MAN BROUGHT TO CHRIST . 1 . His own city. It had been Nazareth; now it was Capernaum. The Nazarenes had rejected him. He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief; he marvelled at their want of faith. Now he was in Capernaum; he was well known there, but not as he had been known at Nazareth. The Nazarenes had known him from childhood—all through those thirty years of quiet, humble holiness; he had lived among them like... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 9:1-8

Soul-searching. At the request of the Gadarenes Jesus crossed over. He does not obtrude his blessings on the unwilling. We do not read that he ever after visited them. Coming to his own city, Capernaum, where residence gave him citizenship, "they brought to him," etc. ( Matthew 9:2-8 ). I. JESUS SEES THE FAITH OF THE CONTRITE HEART . 1 . He saw the faith of those who carried the paralytic. 2 . In the paralytic Jesus discerned a deeper faith. II. JESUS ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 9:1-17

At Capernaum. The choice of Capernaum as suitable centre justified by results. Rapid spread of our Lord's fame. Eager crowds gathering from far and near. Picture scene: Here, father carrying drooping child; there, little girl with blind father; camel bearing woman bowed with infirmity; sick of all kinds brought by friends; crowd ever increasing; silence broken only by occasional yell of a possessed one or moans of sufferers. Crowds waiting before daylight, but Jesus not there—gone to a... read more

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